Colorado State Representative Jim Welker really should re-think his use of email. One dumbass faux pas by an elected official is pretty bad, but this guy has a serial email bonehead problem. From CBS4 Denver:
A legislator who apologized for an e-mail suggesting black hurricane victims were lazy sent an earlier e-mail that said devout Muslims could not be patriotic Americans, a minister said Friday.
Pastor Jeff Wright of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins said he received the e-mail about Muslims from Rep. Jim Welker in May 2004. He said he was so offended that he called Welker and then met with him at the lawmaker’s request.
Welker says now that he doesn’t remember shooting off that email or even meeting the pastor, but he isn’t commenting to the AP, who called him.
As I said above, it doesn’t end there. He decided to forward the outrageous essay by black self-loathing pastor Jesse Lee Peterson on Katrina victims (see my post, Bush-loving black pastor: it’s the poor darkies’ fault).
On March 10, Welker apologized for forwarding an essay to friends and constituents that claimed blacks waited for the government to bail them out from problems caused by Katrina.
Welker said he had exercised “very poor judgment” and had not carefully read the essay, by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, before forwarding it. A public-relations adviser to Welker, Erin Bergstrom of Mountain Stream Communications in Loveland, resigned over the e-mail.
But wait, there’s more. Welker couldn’t keep his mouse off of the “Send” button once again, emailing this:
The subject line of the May 2004 e-mail read “Beware Of Islam In America.” The text, which Wright provided to the newspaper, said in part, “Can a devout Muslim be an American patriot and loyal citizen? … Politically, no. Because he must submit to the mullah, who teaches annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.”
Nope, not finished yet…he did it again.
One sent on June 6 quoted a claim that “gay obituaries suggest that engaging in homosexuality costs participants between 15 to 25 years of life, suggesting that homosexuality is more dangerous than smoking or being fat.”
Another set in August said “drug bust — guess what nationality was involved?” in the subject line and included a link to a news story about a drug ring allegedly involving Mexican and Colombian organizations, the newspaper said.
Hat tip, Adrian.